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Mexican American Studies

Resources in support of a symposium at St. Mary's University which seeks to address the recent passage of the Texas State Board of Education's Mexican American Studies Ethnic Studies course at the secondary levels.

Panel Program Flyer

Flyer for panel discussion held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

Recording of The Controversy of American Dirt Panel Discussion - September 30, 2020

Click on the image above to view the recording.

Supporting Materials

Cover slide by Dr. Margaret Cantu-Sanchez for The Controversy of American Dirt. Program held Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

Slides by Dr. Josh Doty

Suggested Authors and Books

In the acknowledgements of American Dirt, Jeanine Cummins recommends the writings of Luis Alberto Urrea, Oscar Martinez, Sonia Nazario, Jennifer Clement, Aida Silva Hernandez, Rafael Alarcon, Valeria Luiselli, and Reyna Grande. Below are books by Latinx authors suggested by our panelists, as well as by these articles:

Cahalan, Rose. "17 Great Books on the Border to Read Instead of ‘American Dirt.’" Texas Observer (January 23, 2020).

VanDenburgh, Barbara. "8 books by Latin American authors to read instead of, or in addition to, ‘American Dirt.’" USA Today (January 30, 2020). 

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